Jul 11, 2018 10:38 AM - 6 days, 16 hours, 12 minutes, 18 seconds ago
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
It’s (supplemental) draft season! The NFL’s annual supplemental draft is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 11, and there are actually some intriguing players this year. Normally, the pool of players don’t get drafted and then enter the ranks of undrafted free agents looking for a team.
This year is a bit different, with a couple defensive backs being projected as potential supplemental draft picks.
The Giants have selected Sam Beal in the third round of the supplemental draft. He’ll have a chance to compete for playing time right away as the Giants secondary struggled last year. Beal has the man coverage traits that’ll fit nicely in new defensive coordinator’s James Bettcher’s system. This means that the Giants will forfeit their 2019 3rd round pick.
Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal to the #Giants in the third rounds of the Supplemental Draft, per @NFLfootballinfo— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 11, 2018
Washington selected Adonis Alexander in the sixth round of the supplemental draft, according to Adam Schefter. They need some secondary help with Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller playing for new teams this season. Alexander will likely have to earn his stripes on special teams before seeing real action.
Redskins draft Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander in x 6th round of supplemental draft, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 11, 2018
Who should you know for the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft?
Like most years, the talent pool is small. Only five players were made eligible for this year’s supplemental draft:
Alexander fits the physical prototype that teams are looking for in their defensive backs. NFL Draft Scout has Alexander listed at about 6’3, 195 pounds. Alexander plays a violent brand of football that you don’t see from most cornerbacks. He was declared academically ineligible for the 2018 season, prompting him to declare for the supplemental draft.
Alexander shines versus the short passing game where he can use his closing speed and length to jar the ball loose against receivers. This is easily the best part of his game. His future NFL team might consider moving him to safety so he can a bit more of a downhill player than he was in college.
Unlike Alexander, Beal doesn’t necessarily need a position switch in the NFL. Beal is an absolute stud at cornerback; if he had been in the 2018 NFL Draft he would’ve been one of the best cornerback prospects in the entire draft. Like Adonis Alexander, Beal was also declared academically ineligible for the 2018 season.
Beal has the makings of a starting cornerback with potential to grow into an upper-echelon defender. In the season opener against USC, Beal gave Sam Darnold fits by providing lockdown coverage, disrupting passes at the catch point, and coming down with an acrobatic ...
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